But many Christians can only “step out in faith,” when forced to do so.
Someone asked an ex-paratrooper how many jumps he had made. He responded by saying, “None! I was pushed out 18 times!”
F.B. Meyer said, “Unbelief puts our circumstance between us and God, but faith puts God between us and our circumstances.”
When Joshua and the children of Israel were in the plains of Moab before crossing the Jordan River, God reminded them of His greatness and ability to “drive out the Caananites” (Joshua 3) and at the same time enhanced the credibility of Joshua, who was to lead them. And if their faith had not been in God, their circumstances would certainly dismayed them.
Here they were on the brink of an overflowing river and somehow they were going to get to the other side. Right. They were even going to walk across on dry land. Right. Circumstances said, “No way.” But God said, “Trust me.”
Now that did take trust. The priests who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant way out front (about a thousand yards) so those 3 or 4 million people could see the way and follow, were told to “step into the water.”
Now would we have said, “I will, just as I soon as I see some land to step on?”
The priests didn’t hesitate. Obedience to God through faith brought results.
Circumstances don’t faze those who are fully trusting in God.
You know God had to open up a pretty good stretch of that river. And he could use any method he chose — it was still a miracle.
Faith means going as far as you can see ... and when you get there, you will always be able to see farther.
When I was a little girl, I loved to jump off steps for my dad to catch me. “Jump,” he would urge, and without hesitancy, I did. Trust in his love for me and ability to catch me made me take the leap.
We need to have that childlike faith and trust in our heavenly father. “Just jump,” He says. “I’ll catch you.”
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, ‘Give me a light, that I may tread safely into the unknown,’ and he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.’”
Those words, penned by British author M. Louise Haskins and spoken by King George VI of England in his 1939 Christmas message to the British Empire, describe the type of faith we need to cope with adversity.
It is the type of faith that allows a person to realize the opportunity always exists and we can move ahead in faith and believing.